TELUS International Philippines spotlights allyship with glam and drag on IDAHOBIT Day

TELUS International Philippines (TIP), a leading AI-fueled customer experience and business process solutions provider, showcased the transformative power of allyship to promote inclusion during its “Mothers are Mothering!” glam-up session and discussion. This event celebrated both International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) and Mother’s Day, aligning with the company’s year-round diversity, equality, and inclusivity (DE&I) efforts

Spectrum, TELUS International’s resource group for LGBTQIA+ and other team members and their allies was created to encourage bringing your true self to work every day. With chapters in the Philippines, Central America, and the U.S., Spectrum members participated in activities including a virtual drag competition featuring TELUS International Philippines team member drag queens, which raised funds for the LoveYourself Foundation; hosted sexual orientation, gender identity and expression sessions; gender sensitivity workshops; and celebrated World AIDS Day by hosting virtual HIV 101 sessions and offering on-site free HIV testing and counseling.

“My journey with allyship began with recognizing the importance of actively supporting and standing up for the rights and dignity of all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. It’s about creating an environment where everyone feels valued and respected” shared Warren Tait, TELUS International Global Vice President of Brand, Culture, and Facilities.

TELUS International Philippines invited Drag Race Philippines Season 2 finalist M1ss Jade So, along with her biological mother, Margie Alino, and her drag daughter, Rocky Star, to talk about the importance of allyship in all kinds of relationships. Warren touched on the influence of allyship in his leadership and the workplace culture with Bogs Orial, Executive Assistant to TELUS International’s Global Vice President for Facilities, Brand, and Culture, and APAC CFO.


Spectrum of leadership: inclusivity and empathy  

“Cultivating allies can be beyond our friends and family. The key ingredient I’ve learned and experienced at TELUS International Philippines is the openness of the LGBTQIA+ team members to inform everyone, especially us in the leadership team ,” said Warren. “Through sustained and open collaboration and communication with our LGBTQIA+ community, led by our resource group Spectrum Philippines, we’ve been able to develop empathy, understanding, and allyship in the organization which goes beyond IDAHOBIT and Pride Month. It’s an ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion that we are deeply invested in.” 

Building on Warren’s sentiments, Bogs offered insights into how Warren and other allies have influenced his life. Highlighting that half of the members of Spectrum, TIP’s LGBTQIA+ resource group, identify as allies, Bogs shared that allies have provided crucial support to the LGBTQIA+ community within the company.

These insights are consistent with the results of the 2023 Pulsecheck Survey, an annual internal survey assessing team member engagement. It highlighted that programs around inclusivity are constantly being improved, creating a safer and healthier workplace to further team members’ careers and personal growth. Equal and abundant opportunities are made available to them with the full support of their leaders.

Based on the survey results, the respect and acceptance ingrained in the company culture made team members see the company as “their second home”. DE&I is consistently one of the top-rated categories among team members. TIP’s respect for individuals regardless of gender, race, age, religion, got 95%. “Diversity in thought” or difference in thinking and point of view was rated 93%, while the sense of belongingness at work scored 91% .


Fostering allyship  

On a personal level, the allyship between drag queen M1ss Jade So and her biological mother, Margie, was strong and evident as they shared their stories of support. M1ss Jade opened up about her struggles growing up as a transwoman, highlighting her mom’s consistent support and encouragement. “My mother is the real queen here! She has been my ride-or-die since day one. And I thank my lucky stars for her ‘cause she loves me unconditionally and encourages me to be my true self, whether that’s fighting for me to go to prom in a gown or helping me prepare my stunning drag looks,” she expressed.

With IDAHOBIT closely celebrated with Mother’s Day, the event took on an even deeper significance for Jade’s mother. She recounted her experience supporting a transgender daughter in a society where misconceptions about transgender identity persist. Her story  highlighted the importance of unconditional love and acceptance in creating an environment where individuals can embrace their true identities.

Allyship also stood out within the drag community, as demonstrated by Jade and her drag daughter, Rocky Star. They offer support and guidance not only within the world of drag but also in navigating life outside of it. From receiving that support to becoming a drag mother herself to Rocky Star, nurturing another drag sensation, it highlighted the beautiful cycle of empathy and support that allyship fosters.

In addition to celebrating diversity and advocating for allyship, the event showcased TELUS International Philippines’ enduring commitment to creating a supportive and inclusive workplace environment for its team members.

Written by dotdailydose


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